Posts written by Ben

Know Your Transgressions

Know Your Transgressions by Joni “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you… Continue reading




Psalm 96:1-9

Psalm 96:1-9   On a recent trip to St. Louis with stops along the way at zoos in Milwaukee and Chicago, our 10 year old grandson surprised us with his knowledge of the animal kingdom, especially his favorite, the tiger. In a game of recall… Continue reading




The Day of Evil

The Day of Evil by Joni “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of… Continue reading




You Are an Eagle

You Are an Eagle by Joni “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not… Continue reading




Isaiah 45:1-7

Isaiah 45:1-7   Isaiah, chapters 44 and 45, contrasts the God of Jacob with the inadequacy and foolishness of those choosing to create false gods. Such idolatrous images are incapable of saving anyone. In contrast to such futile efforts, stand the saving actions revealed through… Continue reading




“In Christ There Is No East or West,”

“In Christ There Is No East or West,” ELW 650 In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north, but one community of love throughout the whole wide earth. In Christ shall true hearts ev’rywhere their high communion find; his… Continue reading




“When Peace Like a River,”

“When Peace Like a River,” ELW 785   When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul.   Refrain It is well… Continue reading




The Written Code

The Written Code by Joni “For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have… Continue reading




The Written Code

The Written Code by Joni “For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have… Continue reading




Matthew 22:1-14

Matthew 22:1-14   When celebrating a special event, we tend to invite those whom we know and love to join in our celebration. What happens, though, when those people let us down or (gasp!) get placed into a different cabin?   This summer, while visiting… Continue reading